PHOTOS: Red shirts and rainbow Mickey Mouse ears filled the Magic Kingdom for Gay Days at Disney

By : Jeremy Williams
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Gay Day at Disney’s Magic Kingdom filled the most magical place on Earth with LGBTQ people showing off their best red shirts and being seen June 2.

The most popular accessory among park visitors this year were the rainbow Mickey Mouse ears introduced to the Disney parks in April.

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PHOTOS: One Magical Weekend’s RIPTIDE brought a wave of partygoers to Typhoon Lagoon

By : Danny Garcia
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One Magical Weekend’s signature event, and the weekend’s longest-running party, RIPTIDE brought thousands of partygoers to Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon June 1.

Disney’s 52-acre waterpark was overflowing with scantily clad party animals for a night of dancing, swimming and drinking.

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Watermark’s Wedding Bells: Anthony Paul Citrola & Jeremy Wade

By : Aaron Drake
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A small act of chivalry ignited a romance between these two.

“Anthony held the door open for me like a true gentleman,” shares Jeremy Wade Citrola, originally from Wellsville, Pa. “We did not have a conversation that night, but we made a generous amount of eye contact. I researched his name and sent him a Facebook friend request the next day.”

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5.31.18 Publisher’s Desk

By : Rick Claggett
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I’m pretty sure I was 16 the first time I went to Gay Day at Disney. I was only out to my mom and a handful of friends back then, so it was a little awkward when my brothers and I rolled up on the second annual Gay Day at Disney. It became a tradition in my family that when one of the brothers graduated high school, we’d celebrate with a trip to the Magic Kingdom—just us boys. Turns out that celebration always happened on the first Saturday of June. We didn’t know what that day meant to so many people, but we picked up on it pretty quickly.

I remember being petrified my brothers would figure out somehow I was gay, as if just being in close proximity with so many LGBTQ people would cause me to grow a boa and hum the ABBA anthology. I also remember experiencing immense joy and comfort. It was scary being gay in the early ‘90s, not to diminish the struggle today’s 16-year-olds face with their own coming out. But that one day, every year, was a day of happiness in the happiest place on earth. It was a day to be normal, to be together and to be visible.

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GLAAD report finds decline in LGBTQ representation in Hollywood

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: ‘A Fantastic Woman’ from Sony Pictures Classic is one of the few films with solid LGBTQ representation in 2017. Screenshot via YouTube.

Major film studios are severely lacking in LGBTQ representation, according to GLAAD’s annual Studio Responsibility Index.

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Disney announces new Rainbow Mickey Collection in time for Pride month

By : Colton Adkins
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Disney has released 11 new rainbow products just in time for Pride month, “Good Morning America” announced earlier today. The release of these new rainbow-themed items comes after Disney released new rainbow-colored Mickey Mouse ears exclusively in the parks last month. The new products include pins, shirts and sunglasses, all of which you can use to celebrate your Pride.

The full list of the new Pride-themed products follows and are available at shopDisney.com.

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Disney debuts gay pride Mickey Mouse ears

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Vlogger Gio Spano shows Disney’s rainbow Mickey Mouse ears. Screenshot via YouTube.

Disney appears to be gearing up for Pride month with the debut of rainbow-colored Mickey Mouse ears available for purchase at its theme parks.

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Blue Star puts gender fluidity in the spotlight with The Lady Boys of the Peek-A-Boo Lounge

By : Jeremy Williams
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Orlando performer Blue Star is one person who embodies empowerment and being comfortable in your own skin. Blue came to Orlando in 2000 to attend Full Sail University after a successful dancing career in Atlanta and New York. She planned to stay for just 13 months; she never left. In 2012, Blue opened the theater The Venue.

“I just wanted a place to put on my shows,” Blue says. “But as I say now it’s not my Venue anymore, it’s Orlando’s Venue. It’s a safe place for performers to try out new things and new shows and take risks and really grow themselves.”

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2018 WAVE AWARD WINNERS – CENTRAL FLORIDA

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FAVORITE LOCAL POLITICIAN/ACTIVIST

First: Patty Sheehan, Orlando City Commissioner – District 4

Second: Buddy Dyer, Orlando Mayor

Third: Carlos Guillermo Smith, Florida House Representative – District 49

GREATEST STRAIGHT ALLY TO THE LOCAL LGBTQ COMMUNITY

First: Buddy Dyer, Orlando Mayor

Second: Anna Eskamani, Florida House candidate – District 47

Third: Darren Soto, U.S. House of Representatives – Florida’s 9th District

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Watermark’s Wedding Bells: Steve Blanchard and Jay Dilley

By : Jeremy Williams
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It’s a tale as old as time, in the digital age, for this Disney-loving dynamic duo.

Steve and Jay first connected like many do these days, through a dating app. A relationship can’t be sustained through a data plan, so after chatting for a bit they agreed to meet.

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Central Florida Overheard: Cirque-le back

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When it was publicized Cirque du Soleil’s La Nouba, which opened in 1998 at Downtown Disney, would be closing and no new show was immediately announced, many began to speculate what would Disney open in its place?

The House of Mouse renovated and redesigned Downtown Disney and re-opened it as Disney Springs in 2016. Did they have plans of their own for that theater?

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10 Family-Friendly Must Boos

By : Scottie Campbell
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You know who loves Halloween? Your babysitter. Which means you may have to take the little ones out with you for some spooky fun. Here are 10 Family Friendly events sure to be scary good for both kids and parents alike.

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